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School Shootings in 2019: How Many and Where

February 06, 2019 | Updated: November 22, 2022 | Corrected: October 22, 2021 2 min read
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Corrected: A shooting during a high school football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Aug. 30, 2019, has been removed from this tracker. The incident occurred on a property that is owned by the city of Mobile, not the school district.

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To bring context to the polarizing debates that surround school shootings, Education Week journalists, in 2018, began tracking shootings on K-12 school property that resulted in firearm-related injuries or deaths. That year, there were 24 such incidents. We continued tracking school shootings in 2019 with injuries or deaths, when there were also 24 such incidents. On this page, we document where they happened, how many people were killed or injured, and other key information.

Behind the Numbers

To better understand how gun violence impacted students, educators, and communities in 2019, Education Week created an at-a-glance view of school shooting data. Read more.

Injuries & Deaths

Where the Shootings Happened

The size of the dots correlates to the number of people killed or injured. Click on each dot for more information.

About the Shootings

A previous version of this table included the age, sex, and status of the suspect(s). We are no longer tracking that information.

Methodology

Counting Incidents

This page refers to incidents that meet all the following criteria:

  • where a firearm was discharged,
  • where any individual, other than the suspect or perpetrator, has a bullet wound resulting from the incident,
  • that happen on K-12 school property or on a school bus, and
  • that occur while school is in session or during a school-sponsored event.

We do not track incidents in which the only shots fired were from an individual authorized to carry a gun on school property, such as a school resource officer, and who did so in their official capacity.

The numbers of incidents, injuries, and deaths reported in this tracker do not include suicides or self-inflicted injuries. While suicides and attempted suicides are serious issues of health and safety, many of the critical questions and debates that those incidents raise for educators and the broader public are often distinct from those generated by school shootings.

Counting Injuries & Deaths

Injuries included in this tracker may be major or minor. While we only track incidents resulting in at least one bullet wound, total injuries are not necessarily the result of gunfire.

The total number of people killed or injured does not include the suspect or perpetrator.

Sources

In addition to our own reporting, we rely on local news outlets, school and district websites, news alerts via online search engines, the Gun Violence Archive, and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Naval Postgraduate School’s K-12 School Shooting database.

How to Cite This Page

School Shootings in 2019: How Many and Where (2019, February 6). Education Week. Retrieved Month Day, Year from https://www.edweek.org/leadership/school-shootings-in-2019-how-many-and-where/2019/02

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Reporting & Analysis: Lesli Maxwell, Evie Blad, Holly Peele, Denisa R. Superville | Design & Visualization: Stacey Decker, Hyon-Young Kim

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